Rent a car in Santiago-De-Compostela with Europcar
Located in northwestern Spain, Santiago-De-Compostela is the end point of the Camino de Santiago pilgrimage trail - the cross country path that supposedly holds the remains of Saint James the Great in the city cathedral. The 780 kilometre walk, beginning at St Jean Pied de Port in France and arriving at Camino de Santiago, has been one of the world’s most important pilgrimages for the past 1000 years.
Tourist levels peak during July and August, but there is a heady festival vibe that lasts throughout the summer. Authentic taverns and impressive museums can be found around the historic core of pretty winding streets and architecture.
The Europcar car rental experience in Santiago-De-Compostela
Car hire in Santiago-De-Compostela is possible whatever your group size. Couples or individuals have the Nissan Micra or Volkswagen Golf - great choices for economy car hire. Families can turn to the Volkswagen Touran for more roomier transportation, and even bigger groups have 7 or 9-seater options in the Seat Alhambra and Mercedes Vito Tourer.
Moving heavier loads? You can hire a van Santiago-De-Compostela in Oviedo.
Travelling around the area? Pick up and drop off your rental car at different stations for convenience. With Europcar, you can enjoy both short term and long term car hire in Santiago-De-Compostela.
Driving in Santiago-De-Compostela
When you rent a car in Spain you will need an EU or EEA driver’s licence. International driver’s licences are accepted but not obligatory. Make sure you have your paper documents and passport in accompaniment to your licence.
Across Spain there is a maximum speed limit of 120 km/h on motorways, 90 km/h on rural roads and 50 km/h in urban areas. The speed limit lowers to 20 km/h in residential areas.
There are tolls to pay on Spanish roads. You can pay for these with cash, credit/debit cards, or electronically with Telepeaje or Via T transmitters. These can be purchased from banks or petrol stations.
In Santiago-De-Compostela you can park on-street and off-street. Paid parking applies throughout the week, although times vary. You can pay for parking by cash, credit/debit card and often, smartphone apps. Take into account that the busier summer months will make finding parking in the centre hard.
Discover Santiago-De-Compostela and surroundings by car
Whist the main attraction of Santiago-De-Compostela is the trek to the city itself and the cathedral at its end, there is plenty more to discover once you arrive. A great base for exploring the northern Spanish countryside with incredible scenic points for drivers.
A 25-minute drive from the city is Monte Pedroso, a peak with unrivalled views of Santiago-De-Compostela below. Protected for years from construction, the summit takes 40 minutes on foot, where a beautiful sunset of the city and its cathedral await you. To get there by car, take the road in O Carme de Abaixo and then turn right, following the signs for TV stations.
After the crowds of the town, head to the coast to get some headspace. There are several great day trips to Cabo Finisterre (83 kilometres), the most western jut of Spain; the charming maritime town of A Coruña (75 kilometres), and the expansive Carnota beach (69 kilometres).
If you’re looking to make a longer trip on from Santiago-De-Compostela, why not make the a trip to Portugal? Porto is around 2 and a half hours by car from the city.
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A 15-minute drive from the centre of town, this impressive museum and exhibition centre is worth a visit for its ski-jump form alone. The 16,000-square metre space offers informative educational workshops, large-scale installations, and a 6,000-square metre exhibition space. The City of Culture is free to enter, with great guided tours from June to September.
Best known as the end of St. James Way, Santiago welcomes around 250,000 pilgrims per year into the city. While the Camino de Santiago cathedral is the crowning gem, this important UNESCO Heritage Site has more to offer than its catedral. Museo da Catedral and Museo de Arte Sacra are popular cultural institutions worth visiting. The massive square that adjoins the west facade of the cathedral is an awe-inspiring space. While this very Catholic rooted city might seem a bit uptight, Santiago really knows how to let its hair down come nightfall. Top music venues, bursting bars and pubs, plus the two-week fiesta around 25 July show visitors the modern soul of the city.
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